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FDOT shares tips with drivers for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Florida ranked No. 1 when it comes to motorcyclist deaths in 2015, the Miami Herald reports

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South Florida roadways are filled with drivers and motorcyclists. Unfortunately, the Sunshine State ranks No. 1 when it comes to motorcyclist deaths in 2015, the Miami Herald reports.

Florida Department of Transportation officials released its annual precautionary safety tips during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to the public.

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“Safety is FDOT’s top priority and throughout the month [of May] the department is working to raise awareness and educate all road users on the importance of motorcycle safety,” FDOT Secretary Mike Dew says.

The state wants to make drivers and motorcyclists aware of motorcycles on the road.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to use care and drive responsibly by looking out for all motorists, especially those on motorcycles,” says Dew. “By working together, and following important safety practices, users of our roadways can become better aware of motorcyclists while traveling throughout the state.”

More than a million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver licenses.

FDOT wants motorcyclists and motorists to use these tips when sharing the roadway.

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Tips for motorcyclists:

  • Say no to drinking and riding.
  • Make yourself visible to drivers by wearing bright colors.
  • Always wear your riding gear including an FDOT-compliant helmet.
  • Ride in within legal and personal limits.
  • Train regularly and get endorsed.
  • Inspect your motorcycle before each ride to ensure your safety.

Tips for drivers:

  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.
  • Check for motorcycles by looking in your mirrors and blind spots before entering or
  • leaving a lane of traffic.
  • When turning at intersections be on the lookout for motorcycles before turning.
  • Do not tailgate a motorcycle. Give the motorcyclist enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Always drive sober.